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Friday, January 7, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Coming months may be stressful for some municipalities but Moody’s Investor Service does not expect any state governments to default on Moody’s-rated debt in 2011. The ratings agency expects only a few local governments to default on debt obligations this year. In a new report released Thursday, Moody’s concluded that most U.S. municipalities are well-equipped

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Last year the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act passed into law. Among the many other financial issues it dealt with, the act empowered the SEC to study the need for fiduciary standards for broker-dealers and then pass a rule imposing the standard. Congress gave the SEC six months to look at the

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Thursday, December 30, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Nearly half of Americans, 45 percent, believe the economy will stay the same in 2011, the Harris Poll has found. The Harris Poll is conducted by pollster Harris Interactive.   Twenty-nine percent of Americans believe the economy will get better while 26 percent say it will get worse. Despite those somewhat dour sentiments, there seem to be

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Tags: 2011
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Exchange-traded funds were introduced back in 1993 and have enjoyed increasing popularity ever since. Despite that popularity and accolades from the investment industry, most investors say they don’t know what ETFs are. That’s according to a recent survey by Mintel, a market research company. The survey found that only 5 percent of respondents own ETFs. Sixty-five

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Friday, December 24, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Bond mutual fund investors may be warming to the possibility of an improving economy. Last week funds saw the largest withdrawals in two years, Bloomberg.com reported on Wednesday. According to Investment Company Institute, or ICI, statistics, investors pulled $8.62 billion out of bond mutual funds the week of Dec. 15. Institutional investors may have been

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 11:07 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

With a new year just around the corner, it’s time for Americans to consider setting some resolutions. This year, in addition to revisiting perennial favorites like losing weight, eating healthier and exercising more, some investing resolutions may be in order.  If you’ve been remiss in getting your financial house in order, the beginning of the

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The end of the year is the time when every publication likes to roll out their predictions for next year. Don’t worry, Bankrate’s 2011 outlook story is on the way. A survey of 55 economists by the Wall Street Journal has found that most are optimistic about  economic growth in the U.S. next year. The

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 2:11 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

 For three weeks, CD rates in the weekly Bankrate rate survey remained relatively stable. This week they lost ground again. Since the beginning of January, the average one-year CD yield has plunged 32 basis points, from 0.81 percent Jan. 6, to 0.49 percent on Wednesday. The decline in the average yield for five-year CDs has been

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Tags: CD rates
Friday, December 3, 2010 12:44 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Stodgy old dividend-paying stocks have received a lot of attention recently. With bond yields dragging and CD rates stagnating at record lows, it’s no wonder. For investors seeking income-producing investments, “I think in today’s environment that people should be focused on dividend-paying stocks. You read it all over the place — but don’t reach for

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010 7:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

Just three years ago the world was entering a terrible economic crisis. If you don’t remember, the official start date of the recession was December 2007, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. And now, look at us! Well, that’s enough self-reflection. Unfortunately, things are not quite copacetic just yet in the economy. But

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